Bears TE Greg Olsen Reportedly Seeking A Trade

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With Manumaleuna In, Bears Reportedly Looking To Trade Greg Olsen

First, it was rumored that Bears TE Greg Olsen would seek a trade after the hiring of Mike Martz because his offense isn’t tight end-friendly. Then it was reported that he indeed directed his agent to seek a trade. Then it was reported that he is not on the trade block.

Now ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports he is very likely on the trade block.

With free-agent TE Brandon Manumaleuna agreeing to a five-year deal in Chicago, it frees the Bears to trade TE Greg Olsen.

So what’s going on here?

The Bears aren’t likely to keep both Manumaleuna and Olsen so expect the latter to be leaving. It’s possible the original reports of him seeking a trade came from sources that were aware of the Bears intention to pursue Manumaleuna. And it’s also possible that the denials of him seeking a trade came from folks in the organization who had no clue about Manumaleuna.

Just another lesson during free agency – you can’t believe anyone.


Bears TE Greg Olsen Not On The Trade Block, Report Says

Peggy Kusinski of reported on Wednesday morning that Bears TE Greg Olsen directed his agent Drew Rosenhaus to seek out a trade due to concerns about his role in the offense under Mike Martz.

Not so, says Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Bears are not actively shopping Olsen, although that could change if another club makes an overwhelming offer.

The source tells me that Martz is still trying to get a handle on the Bears offensive players, and he hasn’t had time to get his arms around how he will utilize them.

There were/are some concerns that Martz historically doesn’t use tight ends much in his offense. However, as Jensen notes, Martz hasn’t had a tight end as athletic as Olsen, so things could change.

The Bears will still listen to offers for Olsen but they are reportedly not actively shopping him.


Bears TE Greg Olsen Reportedly Seeking A Trade

Since the Chicago Bears hired Mike Martz to run the offense, there have been concerns regarding TE Greg Olsen's role in the offense. Historically, Martz doesn't utilize a tight end so it would seem pointless to hang onto Olsen, a talented and young tight end.

Apparently, we're not the only ones suggesting the Bears move Olsen. The player reportedly is not happy with the Martz hire, according to Peggy Kusinski of

Friends of the Bears TE say he was not happy about the hiring of offensive coordinator Mike Martz and quietly sent his agent Drew Rosenhaus into "trade request" mode.

Kusinski goes on to name the Cardinals and Patriots as possible suitors. Speculatively, I'd keep an eye on the Chiefs, who are in need of a tight end as well.

It's been rumored for some time that the Patriots, who have multiple second round picks, could be interested. The Patriots are expected to let current tight end Ben Watson hit free agency, according to Rosenhaus.

Olsen, 24, had career highs in catches (60), yards (612) and touchdowns (8) in his third year in the NFL. He was the Bears first round pick in the 2007 draft.

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